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Meat substitutes for vegans
According to Business Insider by now, even non-vegans have probably eaten some delicious and not-so-delicious meat substitutes. There are plenty of tasty options out there to satisfy any appetite, which is a definite plus.
Just because you’re eating vegan doesn’t mean that normal nutritional rules suddenly don’t apply. Deep-fried and breaded foods might taste good, but deep down, all of us know that they’re not very good for us — even if they’re entirely plant-based.
Healthiest Meat Substitutes
Dr.AXE is reviling healthiest meat substitutes:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Beans and Legumes
Tempeh is a food made from fermented soybeans that have been pressed into a compact cake. Like other fermented foods, tempeh is rich in probiotics, which are a type of beneficial bacteria found in your digestive tract. In addition to being one of the best meat substitutes for protein, tempeh is also high in calcium, antioxidants and soy isoflavones that may be able to help lower cholesterol levels.
Not only is it the largest tree fruit in the world, weighing in at up to 100 pounds, but jackfruit is also jam-packed with powerful health benefits. It’s especially high in antioxidant-rich vitamin C and regularity-promoting fiber. The nutrients found in jackfruit may help enhance immunity, support digestion and improve heart health as well.
Much like tempeh, natto is another nutritious meat substitute made from soy that has been fermented, amping up its probiotic content and nutritional benefits. It’s an excellent source of protein, cramming an impressive 31 grams into just one cup. It’s also high in manganese, iron, copper, and magnesium, managing to knock out over half of your daily needs in just one serving.
Lentils are a type of edible pulse that is loaded with fiber and an assortment of important micronutrients, such as folate, manganese, and iron. A serving or two of lentils per day can help manage blood sugar levels, prevent constipation and keep your weight under control.
Revered for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, mushrooms make a super nutritious addition to any diet, vegetarian or not. They’re low in calories but contain a good chunk of several important nutrients. Even more impressive is that mushrooms have been shown to have both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in some test-tube studies.
- Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are high in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, so it should come as no surprise that upping your intake can help ward off chronic disease. A recent 2017 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology even found that a higher intake of nuts was associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease.
- Beans and Legumes
Legumes are officially defined as the fruit or seed of any plant from the legume family, which encompasses a wide range of vegetables like beans and peas. These nutrient-packed veggies are some of the best vegan meat substitutes available; not only do they supply a good amount of protein, but they are also rich in micronutrients that may be lacking in a vegan diet, such as iron and folate.